SC expresses concern over common fake news on social media and news channels

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed serious concern over the spread of false information on social media platforms and web portals, and said that even information disseminated in a section of channels had a common tone, which could carry a bad reputation in the country.

A bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana heard a batch of petitions, including one filed by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind asking for instructions from the Center to stop the dissemination of “false news” related to a religious rally at Markaz Nizamuddin and take strict action against those responsible.

Everything that is broadcast in a section of private news channels carries a common tone. Ultimately this country is going to have a bad reputation. Have you ever tried to regulate these private channels? Asked the bench.

Social media only listens to powerful voices and several things are written against judges, institutions without any accountability, said the judiciary which also included Justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna.

“There is no control over fake news and slander in web portals and YouTube channels. If you go to Youtube, you will find out how fake news circulates freely and anyone can create a channel on YouTube, ”he said.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear after six weeks the Centre’s plea to transfer to itself the petitions of various high courts on the issue of the newly enacted IT rules intended to regulate online content, including social media and web portals.

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